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My daughter just started sucking on her 2 fingers and will not stop for anything, so tonight i gave her a binky when she was sleeping since she was sucking on her fingers. i decided that a binky was better because i could take her binky away but i couldnt take her fingers away! So now i was wondering if anyones baby did this or is doing this? I could use some advice.
Dd2 used to always start sucking her fingers all day long when we tried to take her binky away until she was almost 2. As a result we let her have her binky anytime until 2ish. Once she stopped sucking her fingers when she didn't have a binky we took the binky away during the day.
i dont see an issue with binkys past a year old, or even 2. Its when i see CHILDREN not babies or toddlers walking around with them at stores, ect.
My DD never sucked her thumb, and had no interest in a binky until 14 months when she got her molars in. Then she started chewing on them, i was ok with that. She eventally got attached and constantly had one. I didnt worry about taking it away until after her brother was born and realized he was a thumb sucker and not a binky user.
My DD weaned off a binky in 2 days near 2 1/2.
Charlie sucks his thumb, honestly it might be a harder habit to break in the long run, but i would MUCH rather him be able to self soothe then have me constantly having to go in the room at night to find the stupid binky, lol. It was such a pain with DD.
Ive also noticed a difference in my kids as far as self soothing go. DD needed a bottle or something to fall asleep until well after 1, DS has never needed anything to eat or drink before a nap or bedtime and he always gets put in his crib wide awake. But he always just sucks his thumb and falls right asleep in there.
i would never try and coerce my kids one way or the other and just let them decide what they prefer. It may be a harder habit to break later on, but not an impossible one.